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The Joe A. Callaway Award

Equity Classic Theatre Award Goes to Lily Rabe, Michael Stuhlbarg

Lily Rabe

Lily Rabe and Michael Stuhlbarg have been selected to receive this year's Joe A. Callaway Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Foundation.

Ms. Rabe was recognized for her performance in the role of Ellie Dunn on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of George Bernard Shaw's HEARTBREAK HOUSE. She made her Broadway debut in 2005 in the Broadway production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination. TV credits include Law & Order: CI and Law & Order: SVU. Films include Mona Lisa Smile, Never Again and, upcoming, Aftermath, A Crime and No Reservations. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times has said, "Lily Rabe is fast becoming an invaluable asset to the New York stage."

Michael Stuhlbarg

Mr. Stuhlbarg was cited for his role in THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, David Mamet's adaptation of the classic 1905 Harley Granville-Barker play, produced by the Atlantic Theatre Company. The play has recently been extended through January 21, 2007. Mr. Stuhlbarg received a Tony Award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Drama League Awards for his appearance on Broadway in THE PILLOWMAN. Other Broadway shows include THE INVENTION OF LOVE, CABARET, TAKING SIDES, SAINT JOAN, TIMON OF ATHENS AND THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR. John Heilpern of the New York Observer has said, "Without question, Michael Stuhlbarg - in his quiet way - is one of the finest actors in America - he brings a whole world to the stage."

The award, a $1,000 check plus an engraved plaque for each recipient, honors the best performances in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area. It was established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.

Lily Rabe and Michael Stuhlbarg at AEA - January 5, 2007

The award was presented at Equity's Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on Friday, January 5, 2007.

The Judges' Panel for the award included Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill Magazine; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.

Previous recipients include: Philip Bosco (currently appearing with Ms Rabe in HEARTBREAK HOUSE), Laura Linney, Frank Langella, Liev Schreiber and Kate Burton.


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Established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway in 1989 to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.

Recipients of the Joe A. Callaway Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play Production
1989 Alfre Woodard Paulina THE WINTER'S TALE New York Shakespeare Festival
Victor Garber Richard Dudgeon THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE Circle in the Square
1990 Philip Bosco Harpagon THE MISER Circle in the Square
Mary Alice Margaret RICHARD III New York Shakespeare Festival
1991 Campbell Scott Pericles PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE New York Shakespeare Festival
Mary Beth Hurt Emilia OTHELLO New York Shakespeare Festival
1992 Jake Weber Orlando AS YOU LIKE IT New York Shakespeare Festival
Maryann Plunkett Masha
Marcelle Paillardin
National Actors Theatre
1993 Robert Sean Leonard Marchbanks CANDIDA Roundabout
Maryann Plunkett Joan of Arc SAINT JOAN National Actors Theatre
1994 Robert Stattel Titus Andronicus TITUS ANDRONICUS Theatre for a New Audience
Laura Linney Thea Elvsted HEDDA GABLER Roundabout Theatre
1995 Brian Bedford Sganarelle THE MOLIERE COMEDIES Roundabout
Laila Robins Portia THE MERCHANT OF VENICE New York Shakespeare Festival
1996 Frank Langella The Captain THE FATHER Roundabout
Kathleen Chalfant Mistress Quickly
Queen of France
New York Shakespeare Festival
1997 Max Wright Pavel Lebedev IVANOV Vivian Beaumont
Helen Carey Lady Gay Spanker LONDON ASSURANCE Roundabout
1998 Liev Schreiber Iachimo / Jupiter CYMBELINE New York Shakespeare Festival
Zoe Wanamaker Electra ELECTRA Barrymore Theatre
1999 Anne Dudek Iphigenia IPHIGENIA Theater for a New Audience
No male choice
2000 Byron Jennings Henry Trebell WASTE Theatre for a New Audience
Myra Carter Eleanor KING JOHN Theatre for a New Audience
2001 Larry Pine The Doctor THE SEAGULL Shakespeare in the Park
Kate Burton Hedda Gabler HEDDA GABLER Ambassador Theatre
2002 Evan Robertson Claudio MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Pearl Theatre
Celeste Ciulla Miss Kate Hardcastle SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Pearl Theatre
2003 Earl Hindman Julius Caesar JULIUS CAESAR Theatre For A New Audience
Kathryn Meisle Elmire TARTUFFE Roundabout Theatre
Carol Schultz Mrs. Malaprop THE RIVALS Pearl Theatre Co.
2004 Joanne Camp Toinette THE IMAGINARY INVALID Pearl Theatre Company
Robert Hock Argan THE IMAGINARY INVALID Pearl Theatre Company
2005 Elizabeth Marvel Hedda Gabler HEDDA GABLER NY Theatre Workshop
Sean McNall Mr. Paris THE GENTLEMAN DANCING-MASTER Pearl Theatre Company
2006 Lily Rabe Ellie Dunn HEARTBREAK HOUSE Roundabout Theatre Co.
Michael Stuhlbarg   THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE Atlantic Theatre Co.
2007 Lauren Ambrose Juliet ROMEO AND JULIET The Public Theatre
Byron Jennings Bastien André IS HE DEAD?  
2008 Kathryn Meisle   WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN Red Bull Theatre
Everett Quinton   WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN Red Bull Theatre
2009 Kate Forbes   OTHELLO New Audience
John Douglas Thompson   OTHELLO / THE EMPEROR JONES New Audience / The Irish Repertory Theatre
2010 Lily Rabe Portia THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Public Theatre
Matthew Rauch Bosola THE DUCHESS OF MALFI Red Bull Theater
2011 Danai Gurira Isabella MEASURE FOR MEASURE Public Theatre
Derek Smith Dog THE WITCH OF EDMONTON Red Bull Theater
2012 Merritt Wever Sonya UNCLE VANYA Soho Rep
Michael Shannon Astrov UNCLE VANYA Soho Rep
2013 Jonathan Cake Benedick MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre for a New Audience
J. Smith-Cameron JUNO JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK Irish Rep
2014 Suzanne Bertish Madame Argent THE HEIR APPARENT Classic Stage Company
Paxton Whitehead Geronte THE HEIR APPARENT Classic Stage Company
2015 Kelley Curran Hippolita 'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE Red Bull Theater
Thomas Jay Ryan Dr. Shpigelsky A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY Classic Stage Company
2016 Corey Stoll Ulysses TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park
Lisa Harrow Volumnia CORIOLANUS Red Bull Theater

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